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 Posted: Fri Jan 29th, 2016 09:30 pm
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Is anyone on Freerails modeling or familiar with New Zealand and its 42" gauge mainlines and its fantastic bush trams?

I spent last winter in Northern Canterbury on a High country station and really got to like everything about the country and really enjoyed my time there.

I'm considering building a micro layout set in the 1940's so I can have my own little slice of New Zealand. I've looked at the Motorized Dandruff Blog and NZ120.org, NZ64 and a lot of other NZ120 stuff, but I wanted to talk to somebody who is familiar with the scales or the railway to see if they had more to operating and where more infoation could be found.



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I guess to elaborate a little more, I've cruised a lot on Google and found some great photos of the prototype and some exceptional modeling as well as some great information on building some models on the Motorized Dandruff Blog, but I'm not sure what direction to take as far as scale and gauge combination and would like to talk to modelers who might have input.

But what I'm trying to find are plans for loco's, rolling stock, buildings and , information on how NZR operated on the 40's. I'm looking for recommendations on books and publications as well as what on line rescource that I may have missed.

Some of the appeal of modeling NZ railways is the beautiful and diverse setting and things like narrow gauge 4-8-4's pulling rakes of 4 wheel wagons, modern 6 axle diesels pulling passenger trains and unit milk trains And a lot of containerized freight. They have funky little logging operations and quiet rural branch lines that would be familiar to most rail fans, but are definitely Kiwi Style.



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I've travelled extensivley by Kiwi Rail. What about a model of thr Raumiru spriral? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raurimu_Spiral
I thought NZ was 3'6".... They used to have open photographers cars on the passenger trains....
The bush Tramway Club should be able to help out with some of the more intimate details; http://www.bushtramwayclub.com
Buck you didnt mention the SHEEP!!!! Some lovely sheep in NZ...

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Yah Trev, thanks! I figured the sheep of New Zealand went without saying... The gauge NZR/KiwiRail uses is 3'6" and 42"... At the same time..

. I had'nt seen anything on the Raimiru Spiral, that is way cool!

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 Posted: Sun Jan 31st, 2016 04:24 am
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I did find some wagons plans.

http://nzrwagons.tripod.com/wagon.html



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In H0 scale, KIWI gauge is 12mm. That's TT. It is imported into the US. You might even get H0m track by BEMO, which is close to tie scale and spacing. Mechanisms and even wagon underframes of TT can be used as a basis for NZRwy models. TT wheels come in sizes 7.5 -8 -8.5mm. the latter being only 0.3mm off 30.25" wheels of NZ Rwy.

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Buck

When I first read your request, I thought --Oh boy-this is going to be a tough one.

But the great guys at FreeRails came through!

Thanks fellows!!

Herb

PS--don't forget to paint numbers on the sides of the sheep.
(this may not mean anything for someone outside the US)



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funny incident regarding the sheep.... They were being sold as little lambs to Japanese tourists to take home as pets.... Now a lamb will almost instantly bond to whoever last touches the thing so farmers ( the Kiwi farmers are obviously as devious and underhand as Aussie farmers) were selling lambs and of course they thought (in Japanese) "hey this is great it follows me". Now the fun begins when they get to the airport lambs in tow and cant get the sheep on the plane.... What on earth they were going to do with them when they got them home was anyones guess but Lamb Sushi springs to mind...



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Herb that's why I came to Freerails! Everybody here is helpful but it seems if you have something obscure you want to know about, someone here has built one, read about it or knows a guy...

Thanks Helmut, any insight on minimum radius and clearances? Any recommendations the most affordable TT scale manufacturer?

Trev, no refunds right?



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Hi Buck,
perhaps it might be worth worthwhile trying to contact the NZ Model Raiway Guild at http://www.nzmrg.org.nz/ have a look around their web site specifically Getting Started at http://www.nzmrg.org.nz/index.php?option=com_webpage&id=123 and the plan sets available through the Shop link
The following link is a listing of modelling topics covered in their society's magazine the NZ Model Railway Journal http://www.nzmrg.org.nz/media/documents/Jan%2086%20-%20present%20140614.pdf it looks a pretty comprehensive listing.

That should at least give you some solid contacts in NZ,
From the Big Island to the west,



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